“Speaking of Oats…” in December: The International Oat Nursery

The video from November’s “Speaking of Oats…” (SOO) webinar is now available on YouTube.

Many thanks to Gordon Harrison and Dale Nellor for their insights into the work done by the Canadian National Milling Association (CNMA) and the North American Millers’ Association (NAMA). Thank you also to Tom Rabaey, Pat Ouimet, and Jim Bradeen, who represented Oat Global, and to Grant Czadzeck, from the UMN communications team.

The word of the day is "Collaboration"

Some people love to collaborate and share ideas, and one of those people was Vern Burrows, former oat breeder at AAFC. I am sorry to tell you that Vern passed away on November 8th, in his 91st year. An article celebrating his life can be found in the "Hall of Fame" section under "Obituaries". You can also read the obituary published in the Ottawa Citizen.

Happy National Oatmeal Day!

Well, if you’re American, anyway! October 29th marks National Oatmeal Day every year in the USA. World Porridge Day was on the 10th of October, which is when the Golden Spurtle porridge championships were held (virtually, this time). The winner was Chris Young, from Scotland, and you can find the winning recipes here.

The "Speaking of Oats..." series continues!

The video from the first “Speaking of Oats…” (SOO) webinar is now available on YouTube.

Many thanks to Nick Tinker, Martin Mascher, and Jason Fiedler for an excellent webinar, and to Tom Rabaey for introducing the series! Thank you also to Jim Bradeen (Oat Global director) and Grant Czadzeck (UMN communications team) for all of their efforts.


Happy Crop Wild Relatives week! Every year, from September 22nd-29th, the Crop Science Society of America celebrates this occasion. On October 1st, you can join Plant Gene Resources of Canada in a celebration of their 50 years of collecting and preserving crop wild relatives. Updated information regarding registration, as well as the agenda, can be found here.

Another job opportunity at the USDA-ARS

The USDA-ARS is hiring yet another person to work with oats! This position is for a Research Agronomist/Plant Physiologist at the Integrated Cropping Systems Research Unit in Brookings, South Dakota. Responsibilities will include examining oat germplasm diversity and evaluating ecosystem benefits of growing oats.

For more information, or to apply, go here.

Best of luck to all applicants!